40th Annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds Nature Center
40th Annual Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds!
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18,
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Harvest Days at Seven Ponds Nature Center continues to be a favorite in the community, due to its family-friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities. The festival offers features for people of all ages and interests, including many for children. Not only is the event lots of fun for visitors, but it helps support the center\\\'s year-round environmental education activities, including programs for thousands of young people. Once again this year, children age 12 years and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted to the festival at no charge. Admission for adults remains at $6.00. For a copy of this year\\\'s Heritage Harvest Days flyer, click here.
The Festival Features . . .
Antique Tractors, Cars, and Engines - Exhibited by the Eastern Michigan Collectors and others. Watch a working steam engine cook corn for festival attendees. See a replica of a five-ton gun truck from the Vietnam War on Saturday. A parade of the classic vehicles will be held each day at 4:00 p.m. Bring your own vehicle to the festival for display!
Arts and Crafts Exhibitors - Spinning, weaving, crocheting, knitting, quilting, woodcarving, flint knapping, and basketry will be just some of the traditional crafts being demonstrated. In addition, there will be exhibits on wood & canvas canoe restoration, maple syrup making, honey production, land conservation, and local history. Many exhibitors will feature items for sale, including rustic signs, jewelry, hats and scarves, furniture, photography, pottery, rocks and fossils, doll clothing, home-made jellies and jams, honey, maple syrup, woodcrafts, and birdhouses.
Blacksmith Exhibit by C.J. Forge - Watch blacksmiths Owen Creteau and Kevin Keena demonstrate their craft. They\\\'ll be happy to take special orders.
Sheep Shearing Demonstration - Heritage Award winner Deb Caryl and her son Sy will be demonstrating both days.
The Music Tent - On Saturday, the group \\\"Fable, Grable, and Bearly Able\\\" will play a folksy, eclectic blend of standards and old favorites at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., while Jim Albert plays traditional bluegrass, folk, country, and gospel songs at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, the group \\\"Just Banjos\\\" will utilize their many banjos to play country, folk, and Tin Pan Alley at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Russ Rheaume offers folk songs from the fifties and sixties at 2:00 p.m.
Children\\\'s Tent - Run a three-legged race, wander through a maze, play hoop and stick, walk on stilts, search for pennies in sawdust, or play a round of corn hole.
Farm Animal Tent - Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing and feeding the variety of animals brought by Jodhpurs/n/Jeans, one of the local 4-H Clubs.
Country Store - Come shopping for antiques, crafts, and lots of other goodies.
The Pickle Barrel - This local Metamora shop will have their own booth, featuring garden ornaments and more.
Nature Walks - Take \\\"The Trail to Seven Ponds\\\", stopping at stations along the way to hear about the lakes and their inhabitants. Children earn a prize by visiting each station.
The Discovery Room - The nature center\\\'s exhibit area is a great place to explore. Look for exhibits featuring live animals, Michigan birds, an observation bee hive, a beaver lodge, and a new area for pre-school children.
Learn from the Nature Center\\\'s Clubs - The Astronomy Club will provide views of the sun using special telescope filters, the Camera Club will share their knowledge of cameras and photography, and the Beekeeping Club will help you get a bee hive started.
Horse Drawn Prairie Wagon Rides - Visit the center\\\'s tallgrass prairie on a wagon pulled by Pinecrest Percherons.
Funny Face Alpacas - Get a close-up look at these interesting animals. How about some alpaca fleece socks?
Face Painting - Let Wowie the Clown paint your entire face, or just your cheek, with a bit of art.
Garden Art - Children and their adults can make a colorful leaf rubbing with the help of the Lapeer Wildflowers on Saturday.
Brew you Own - Let the Lapeer Area Brewers show you how to make beer in your home.
Used Book Sale - Hardbacks and paperbacks, all at a bargain price.
Quilt Raffle - Purchase a chance ($1.00) on a beautiful, handmade, queen-sized quilt, a large cedar bird feeder with seed, and a Lenny Miller\\\'s restaurant gift certificate. The quilt was donated by the Thimble Buddies Quilt Guild.
Bread & Jam Table - Pick up some baked or canned goods to take home.
Herb and Butterfly Garden Displays - Visit these beautiful gardens and talk to the volunteers who tend them. Don\\\'t miss the many herb products offered by the Friends of Herbs in the Country Store.
Rookery Gift Shop - Shop for many nature-related items, including books, puppets, rocks, necklaces, and shirts.
On the Menu
Saturday - Country Smokehouse Pulled Pork Plate
Sunday - Bratwurst Plate
Both Days - Vegetarian Plate, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, ice cream, gingerbread with lemon sauce, popcorn, sno-cones, nachos, and soft drinks.
The Harvest Pub - Enjoy beer, wine, or sangria in this special area near the food tent.
Admission: $6.00, Children 12 and under and exhibitors free. Sorry, no pets allowed.